GONZALES — The move was so new to him, Perry Ganci couldn’t even remember the name.
The Jesuit wrestler only learned the “broomstick” a few days earlier, but with a flawless run in the Louisiana Classic on the line, it was the perfect time to make its debut.
Just like everything else Ganci did this weekend, it resulted in a pin, handing him the 220-pound championship and effectively clinching his Most Outstanding Wrestler of the meet title at Lamar Dixon Expo Center.
“I was hitting this week in practice with my partner and I liked it a lot,” Ganci said. “I was like, ‘Man, I might try this one.’
“I saw the perfect opportunity to try it, I did and it worked.”
Jesuit coach Sheridan Moran said he wasn’t surprised to see Ganci throw the move so soon after learning it, even if it does add a little extra stress in the coach’s life.
There was little surprising about Ganci's final performance, considering the way he got the final.
The defending state champion pinned all five of his opponents this weekend, all in the first round. More than that, the first four matches ended in less than a minute.
The final against Zachary’s Wesley Brady was the longest and most difficult, Ganci said, lasting a full 1:16, almost double the entire time it took him to get to the final.
Ganci was joined by teammate Paul Treuting in the winners circle after he pulled an upset of the No. 1 seed in the 160-pound weight class in the semifinals.
“It definitely is impressive, but to say I’m surprised — I’m not,” Moran said of Ganci’s run. “This is what we preach every single day. I don’t want you to be satisfied until you give me your absolute best and you’re bound to get as much as you possibly can.”
As dominant as Ganci was individually, Brother Martin was similarly commanding as a team.
The Crusaders had four champions Saturday with another two finishing as runners-up and another four placing.
Connor Hoffman (106 pounds), Daniel Croy (126), Patrick Evans (145) and Mack Brown (285) all claimed titles for Brother Martin.
The Crusaders took home the overall team award for the meet after scoring 278 points. The next closest team was Jesuit at 186. Holy Cross was third with 158.
"I thought we wrestled well,” Holy Cross coach Robert Dauterive said. “It might seem like it was dominant, but I think we were about six close matches away from being dominant. I wish we could’ve done that, but we’ll work on getting better from there.”
With New Orleans schools dominating the top of the leaderboard, host Catholic was the top program from the Baton Rouge area at No. 5 and East Ascension close behind tied at No. 6 with Teurlings Catholic of Lafayette.
The Bears had one winner Saturday in Jacob Fereday in the 170-pound weight class.
“(Fereday) was able to get the win,” Catholic coach Tommy Prochaska said. “He was our No. 1 seed. You never know how it’s going to go in a tough tournament like this, but he wrestled like a champion for sure today.”